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THINGS TO AVOID ON YOUR COUNTERTOPS

Natural stones are one of the toughest igneous rocks forged in the depths of the earth, so you'd think you could get away with just about anything on your natural stone countertop. Yes, natural material are usually tougher than nails- but it's not just the material you need to worry about.


Here are some things to avoid on your countertop to keep it in good condition:


1. Don't work with raw meat on a granite countertop


Common household items that are acidic and can etch the surface and damage the seal on your stone, causing it to stain more easily:

  • Vinegar

  • Citrus Fruits

  • Soft Drinks

  • Perfume

  • Lotions

  • Nail Polish

  • Soaps

In the bathroom, put personal care products in a cabinet or a basket with a secure base that won’t leak in case of a spill. And in the kitchen, always use cutting boards for any food preparation and coasters for drinks.


2. Don’t get acidic things on your countertop


Common household items that are acidic and can etch the surface and damage the seal on your granite, causing it to stain more easily:

  • Vinegar

  • Citrus Fruits

  • Soft Drinks

  • Perfume

  • Lotions

  • Nail Polish

  • Soaps

In the bathroom, put personal care products in a cabinet or a basket with a secure base that won’t leak in case of a spill. And in the kitchen, always use cutting boards for any food preparation and coasters for drinks.


3. Don’t let spills remain on a granite countertop


Accidents happen; something oily or acidic might splatter all over the countertop in spite of your precautions. In that case, quickly clean up with a mild, recommended cleanser or hot, soapy water.

If you let a spill sit, it can etch the seal and stain the stone.


4. Don’t use knives directly on the stone


The granite is tough and can handle the knives; it’s your knives that will be sorry you didn’t use a cutting board. Slicing knives across granite to cut food will quickly dull and damage their blades.


5. Avoid putting hot pans on your countertop


Again, the granite can handle the heat; it is igneous rock, after all. Brief encounters with a hot pot will not hurt your countertops.

The sealants, however, can weaken from excessive heat. Simply make sure to have trivets and potholders nearby when you’re cooking. Again, wipe up any spills or drips as soon as possible.


6. Don’t sit or stand on your granite countertop


Natural stones are rocks with fascinating fissures and stunning striations or veins. But these striations are vulnerable to cracking under excessive weight. So don’t climb or stand on the countertops to reach things, change light bulbs, paint, or anything else.

Use a sturdy stool or step ladder; it’s safer anyway.


7. Don’t use undermount kitchen sink as a bathtub for children


Even though the undermount sinks are attached securely to the bottom of the granite countertops, using kitchen sinks for giving bath to children may cause loosening of the sink mounting.

Granite is tough, but as a natural, porous (in its unsealed state) surface with striations, you need to know proper care techniques and what to avoid. Other than that, it’s a stress-free countertop material.



Hope this post helps you guys with maintaining your natural stone countertop well conserved. Happy 2021, and let's hope that this year is better (a lot better) than 2020.


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